In the run-up to World Youth Skills Day 2020, VVOB announces its commitment to Decent Jobs for Youth on equipping Ugandan teachers with the competencies to deliver relevant and quality agricultural education and training.
VVOB - education for development has pledged its commitment Teaching Agriculture Practically to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth. Working closely with the Ministry of Education and Sports, the commitment aims at strengthening the initial education for teachers/instructors in three key areas: practical teaching experience, technical and entrepreneurial skills, and work-based learning opportunities.
Uganda has a predominantly agrarian economy with about 80 percent of the population deriving their livelihood from agriculture. Now is the best time to teach the youth agricultural skills so they are able to tackle the food shortages and job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To succeed in agriculture, young people need practical and on-demand skills taught by competent teachers. VVOB works in teacher/instructor colleges in Uganda to enhance the practical teaching of agriculture. Since the COVID-19 lockdown, VVOB has been engaging learners and teachers using online technologies.
“VVOB’s work in Uganda revolves around supporting youth to graduate secondary school and vocational training with sound agricultural and entrepreneurial skills, and to obtain decent jobs that provide them with a quality livelihood”, says VVOB Global General Director Sven Rooms. “This goal unites us: VVOB, partners in Uganda and elsewhere, and the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth. We’re proud to formalise our commitment to the in the run-up to World Youth Skills Day. In working together, we form a net of support for our youth to thrive.”
The commitment will boost action and impact on Youth in the rural economy and Youth entrepreneurship and self-employment. VVOB is committed to empowering youth employment stakeholders in Uganda, supporting the government’s strategic plan ‘Skilling Uganda’, developing and sharing knowledge on quality and relevant agricultural education and training.
The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Decent Jobs for Youth was launched in 2016 as a UN system-wide effort, focusing on the youth employment challenge that is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It has emerged as a global, multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together governments, social partners, the private sector, youth and civil society organisations, and others. They work together to share knowledge, leverage resources and take action at country and regional level, to support young people in accessing decent work and productive employment worldwide.